Kauri Park at Mystery Creek Fieldays 2019

Posted on June 28, 2019

Kauri Park Nurseries exhibited for the 6th successive year at the Mystery Creek Fieldays in June 2019.

There is strong enthusiasm from farmers and landowners for reforesting their marginal and erosion prone land. We also had a notable visit from the Minister of Conservation the Hon Eugenie Sage.

Minister of Conservation the Hon Eugenie Sage
With Andrew Wearmouth (left) and Vern Wearmouth (Right)

We made a strong emphasis on assisting farmers and landowners with funding their Manuka, Indigenous and Riparian plantings via the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) 1 Billion Trees (1BT) Grant Programme. https://www.teururakau.govt.nz/funding-and-programmes/forestry/planting-one-billion-trees/one-billion-tree-fund/

MPI is offering $1800/ha for Manuka plantings and $4000/ha for Indigenous mix plantings. Manuka plantings must be between 5-300ha in area. Indigenous plantings can be 1-300ha in area. To qualify for funding, a plantation must be wider than 30m.

There is top up funding available for fencing. There is additional funding for planting on land with a high or very high erosion risk. You can view the Erosion Susceptibility Classification of your land at


Riparian plantings can be included under the Indigenous mix, but this must be supported by a riparian management plan from a credible source, such as a Regional Council.

Tree species must be able to grow to more than 5m in height. Manuka is deemed to be able to grow taller than 5m, so therefore qualifies as a tree species.

A mixed Indigenous (native plant species) plantation can be a combination of approx. 45% in taller tree species such as Kahikatea, Totara, Rewarewa, Beech, Rimu, and/or Kauri and 55% in manuka.

There must be a survival rate of 750+ stems per ha for Manuka and for Indigenous plantations, after 2 years.

1BT applications must include the following.

  • A GIS shapefile or a Google Earth Pro kml file map, or an aerial photograph of the proposed areas for planting.
  • 10-20 photos of the property. Write onto the Google Earth Pro kml map, the spot and direction of where each photo was taken.
  • A current copy of a Certificate of Title (dated within the last 3 months) as proof of ownership. Order a copy from LINZ https://www.linz.govt.nz/land/land-records/order-title
  • A quote from a contractor for any fencing required.
  • Supporting evidence from your Regional Council if you think you may qualify for funding for erosion.
  • A completed 1BT Application form.

Manuka/Kanuka and Indigenous plantations can be registered in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Indigenous plantations including Manuka/Kanuka sequester 242.2 tonnes of Carbon/ha over the first 28 years. Carbon Credits are currently worth approx $25.60/NZU. See ‘Indigenous Forest’ column on Page 40 of the ETS Look up Tables. https://www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/31695/send

A question that arose at the Fieldays was funding for replanting cut over pine land in Manuka or Indigenous mix. MPI are not funding cut over pine land if it has been in pines within the last 5 years. If the land is seriously erosion prone, or if the area is a recognised wilding pine infestation risk area, MPI may consider funding, but this would be at MPI’s discretion.

Another important point is that MPI are generally paying a 30% instalment at approval of the grant, with the 70% balance being paid at a ‘proof of establishment’ date, which is typically around 2 years after the planting date. This means that a landowner must be able to fund most of the plantation cost for the first 2 years.

Contact Andrew Wearmouth at Kauri Park Nurseries andrew.w@kpn.co.nz for assistance in creating a Google Earth Pro kml map and for help with completing a 1BT grant application form.

By Andrew Wearmouth